Pandit Sharma unfolds its majesty with a level of artistry that will remain an example for posterity. Jog is dominated by gliding notes and to play it on a staccato instrument as the Himalayan dulcimer (santoor) is a feat only Pandit Sharma can accomplish with his command over the instrument and the raga. Jog is a popular raga with Western listeners because of its bluesy tension created by chromatic progressions of major and minor phrases. Pandit Anindo Chatterjee gives phenomenal accompaniment on the tabla.
Sharma is a legendary artist who has near-single-handedly put a folk instrument on the classical music map. Born in the Himalayan state of Jammu to a Dogri family, his father Uma Dutt Sharma was an esteemed singer who inducted him into vocal music and tabla from a young age. But his path deviated at age 13, as his father recommended that he take up the santoor. Sharma has evolved the instrument over the years restringing, retuning, and reconfiguring it, changing the weight of the small mallets used to strike it and developing new techniques that allowed to glide and bounce one’s way through a melody, capturing the essence of Hindustani music’s gayaki ang (singing-style).
Chatterjee is one of the most accomplished tabla players of the modern age, known for breathtaking speed and extraordinary clarity of stroke. Aged five he became All India Radio's youngest artist, and studied with Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh for three decades, learning the intricate grammar of the Farrukhabad gharana before branching out to other.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor)
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla)